International Dissemination of the UCSF Graduate Education in Medical Science Seminars and Conferences Through Creation of a Web Resource in Collaboration with iBioSeminars

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Location(s): Sierra Leone; Sri Lanka; United Kingdom; Antigua and Barbuda; Dominican Republic; Puerto Rico; Trinidad and Tobago; U.S. Virgin Islands; Northern Mariana Islands; Micronesia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea

Description was developed to bring the best biology to people throughout the world for free. Started in 2007 by University of California - San Francisco and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Professor Ron Vale, iBioSeminars has grown to include over 160 seminars and short talks by the world’s leading scientists. Our collection includes 18 talks by Nobel Laureates and 77 talks by members of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, we released our first full-length course in Light Microscopy and expanded the educational resources we offer. iBioSeminars is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and supported by the American Society for Cell Biology.

  • Free online science talks: many universities/colleges have limited access to high profile leaders in biological research. Our goal is to add 15-20 seminars and 40 short talks per year. Access through web streaming or download is completely free-of-charge. 
  • Targeting a broad audience: Our talks are aimed at viewers of all ages who are interested in science. From longer research seminars to shorter talks about the human side of science, iBioSeminars has something for everyone. 
  • Education: iBioSeminars talks are being used by high school, undergraduate, and graduate teachers to augment their classroom material. We have now added an education section to our website that includes teaching resources including notes, review questions, discussion questions, and more. 
  • International communication: iBioSeminars talks has viewers in over 1708 countries and they are being internally promoted in several countries as an educational tool and scientific resource. 
  • Goodwill: Speakers generously donate their time to prepare these lectures. The project, largely funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences is a grass roots effort with time invested by several individuals at UCSF, HHMI, and ASCB.